We Are All Murderers

We Are All Murderers (1952)

Originally titled Nous Sommes Tout des Assassins, We Are All Murderers was directed by Andre Cayette, a former lawyer who detested France's execution system. Charles Spaak's screenplay makes no attempt to launder the four principal characters (Marcel Mouloudji, Raymond Pellegrin, Antoinine Balpetre, Julien Verdeir): never mind the motivations, these are all hardened murderers. Still, the film condemns the sadistic ritual through which these four men are brought to the guillotine. In France, the policy is to never tell the condemned man when the execution will occur--and then to show up without warning and drag the victim kicking and screaming to his doom, without any opportunity to make peace with himself or his Maker. By the end of this harrowing film, the audience feels as dehumanized as the four "protagonists." We Are All Murderers was roundly roasted by the French law enforcement establishment, but it won a special jury prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

Writing:
  • André Cayatte
  • Charles Spaak
Directing:
  • André Cayatte
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  • Release Date: 1952-05-21
  • Language: Français | Italiano
  • Country: FR, IT
  • Runtime: 117

Léonce Corne

Le colonel instructeur

Yvonne Sanson

Yvonne Le Guen (version italienne)

Monette Dinay

La femme de Charles

François Joux

Saulnier

Line Noro

Madame Arnaud

Alexandre Rignault

Le gendarme

Marcel Pérès

Malingré

Roland Lesaffre

Le détenu-coiffeur

Yvette Etiévant

L'épouse de Bauchet

Lucien Nat

L'avocat général

Henri Crémieux

L'avocat de Bauchet

Juliette Faber

Francine Saulnier

Charles Lemontier

Le procureur

Jacqueline Pierreux

Yvonne Le Guen (version française)

Daniel Mendaille

Un gardien

Paul Faivre

Biribi

Jean Daurand

Girard, l'homme dans la cabine téléphonique

Claude Laydu

Philippe Arnaud

Georges Poujouly

Michel Le Guen

René Blancard

Albert Pichon

Louis Arbessier

L'avocat du tribunal pour enfants

Marcel Mouloudji

René Le Guen

Raymond Pellegrin

Gino Bollini

Antoine Balpêtré

Dr. Albert Dutoit

Yvonne de Bray

La chiffonnière

Jean-Paul Moulinot

Le directeur de la Santé

Amedeo Nazzari

Docteur Detouche (version italienne)

Louis Seigner

L'abbé Roussard

Sylvie

Laetitia Bollini

André Valmy

P'tit Louis

François Vibert

Maître Mousset

Henri Vilbert

Mr. Arnaud

Edmond Ardisson

Un garde (uncredited)

Paul Barge

Le chauffeur (uncredited)

René Berthier

Un monsieur (uncredited)
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